Is Religious Lawyering Legitimate?

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Long title: 
On the Legitimacy of the Religious Lawyering Movement
Author(s): 
Anand, Rakesh
Author(s)' contact information: 
Syracuse University, USA
Conference title: 
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location: 
City University London
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2014

This paper considers the “first question” of the religious lawyering movement, namely whether it is possible to be religious and practice law. More specifically, this paper considers the position of the leading scholars in the movement, all of whom tell us that one can be religious and practice law. This paper offers an admittedly sensitive conclusion: that such a life is in fact not possible, at least with respect to one understanding of lawyering in the United States (and perhaps with respect to others, both within the United States and, more broadly, modern Western society).

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